Many people want to know how to lose weight quickly. Whether you want to look your best for a special occasion like a wedding, or whether you have just overindulged during a festive season and want to shed those pounds as quickly as you put them on, there are a few tried and tested methods that you can use to lose weight.
This article will give you some simple tips and tricks to lose weight quickly. It must be stressed, though, that the ideas contained in this article are for informational purposes only. If you are at all unsure about your weight loss regime, it is always best to consult your doctor.
How to Lose Weight Quickly
Losing weight is often a simple matter of calories. Burn off more calories than you eat each day, and you will logically lose weight. It has been estimated that on average you need to lose 3 500 calories to shed one pound. So in order to shed a pound per week, you will need to eat 500 fewer calories per day. Here are five fun and simple tips for doing this.
1. Watch what you eat
It is certainly possible to eat healthily and lose weight at the same time. Make sure that you eat a balanced diet, eating protein, carbohydrate, and plenty of vitamins and minerals each day.
Cut out saturated fats from your diet: replace that sugary glazed doughnut with an apple, for example when it comes to your mid-morning snack. Switch starchy foods for whole grains and you will be healthier for longer: this is as simple as putting that processed white bread back on the supermarket shelf and exchanging it for a whole grain brown loaf.
Legumes (peas, beans), lentils, bananas, and whole grains all fill you up wonderfully and will stop you from craving unhealthy foods throughout the day.
Do what you can manage, and above all find something that you enjoy so that you will stay motivated to do it. Do a few pushups before work, give free rein to your love of nature by going running in the park, or spend an hour swimming every day after school.
Keep this exercise regime up, and you can see gains in muscle tone and weight loss within two weeks. Keep at it! Finding a friend to exercise with can be a great idea as it helps you both to stay motivated: you can encourage each other.
Make sure to give yourself a little reward whenever you meet one of your weight loss goals, such as going to the cinema to watch a film.
3. Take a long look at your habits
Do you habitually get a full-fat latte each morning to guzzle as you sit on the train? It costs nothing to swap that for a skinny latte, and the calorie difference can be in the hundreds! Get off the bus a few stops earlier and walk home after work, take the stairs instead of the elevator: it all adds up.
4. Get enough sleep
Studies have shown that people who sleep less crave sugary, unhealthy foods more throughout the day. Sleeping well has been shown to help your stress and energy levels too, meaning that you can stay motivated to exercise and eat healthily.
Aim to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. Switch off that computer before bed, settle down to read a book and listen to some relaxing music, and you should be asleep in no time.
Research data from the International & American Associations of Clinical Nutritionists suggest that low-obesity rates are frequently found in cultures that are known for their drinking of herbal teas.
- In many instances when we think we are hungry, we are actually thirsty. Catechins in different types of tea — especially rooibos and green tea — are antioxidants that have been shown to be effective in reducing the risk of cancer and weight loss.
6. Stay positive!
If you have one day where you slip up and eat a whole box of candy because you had a bad day at work, don’t punish yourself. Just go for a run to de-stress, get some sleep, and get right back into your healthy eating regime.
Being overly strict with yourself when it comes to losing weight can actually be very detrimental to your weight loss goals as it can make you more stressed, and thus actually craving more sugar as a short-term comfort.
Keep things in perspective, reward yourself with healthy treats (trips to the movies, visits to friends’, a new novel or bath product) each time you shed a certain amount of weight (say, three pounds). Good luck!